by Julius Karl Reinhold Sturm (1816 - 1896)
Translation © by Michael P Rosewall

Nur einmal möcht' ich dir noch sagen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Nur einmal [möcht' ich dir noch]1 sagen,
Wie du unendlich lieb mir bist,
Wie dich, so lang mein Herz wird schlagen,
Auch meine Seele nie vergißt.

Kein Wörtlein solltest du erwidern,
Nur freundlich mir in's Auge sehn,
Ja, mit gesenkten Augenlidern
Nur stumm und schweigend vor mir stehn.

Ich aber legte meine Hände
Dir betend auf das schöne Haupt,
Damit dir Gott den Frieden sende,
Den [meine Seele dir]2 geraubt.

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Julius Sturm, Leipzig, F. A. Brockhaus, 1850, page 32. Note: the last line appears as "Den meiner Seele du geraubt" in many later anthologies and settings (see footnote 2), even one as early as 1856 (Dichterstimmen der Gegenwart. Eine Sammlung vom Felde der deutschen Lyrik seit 1850, herausgegeben von Karl Weller, Leipzig: Heinrich Hübner, 1856, page 464.)

1 Hesse: "noch möcht' ich dir"; Wirz: "möcht' ich dir es"; further changes may exist not noted above.
2 Abt, Randhartinger: "meiner Seele du"


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Word count: 70

Just once, I would like to tell you
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Just once, I would like to tell you
How unceasingly precious you are to me,
How you, as long as my heart is still beating,
Will never be forgotten by my soul.

You needn’t reply with a single word,
Just gaze kindly into my eyes,
Yes, with lowered eyelids
Just stand before me, speechless and quiet.

But I will lay my hands
Prayerfully upon your beautiful head,
That God might send the peace,
Which my soul stole from you.

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This text was added to the website: 2022-07-01
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Word count: 79